Crystal Palace winger only bettered by Lionel Messi in this attacking stat

Crystal Palace Selhurst Park

Yannick Bolasie has attempted 221 dribbles since the start of the calender year - a statistic bettered only by Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

Yannick Bolasie, who joined Crystal Palace in the summer of 2012 from Bristol City, has become a fan favourite since his arrival at Selhurst Park.

The highly-regarded winger impressed towards the tail end of last season, and it saw his stock rise ahead of the summer months. 

Linked with league runners-up Liverpool and Merseyside rivals Everton during the transfer window, Palace experienced a tough time keeping hold of the 25-year-old, who has less than a year left on his current contract at Selhurst Park. 

Bolasie has featured regularly for the Eagles this campaign, making 11 appearances in total, but his inconsistent performances have run parallel with his side's disappointing form.

Occupying 17th place, with just nine points, the London outfit have struggled since the departure of last season's Premier League Manager of the Year Tony Pulis. 

Nonetheless, the following statistic makes him stand-out among the best in world football.

  Team 
Lionel Messi Barcelona 265
Yannick Bolasie Crystal Palace 221

Over the current calender year, only one player has attempted more dribbles than the Crystal Palace winger - Barcelona's Lionel Messi - an impressive statistic for someone who has spent the most part of his career in the lower reaches of English football.

With his blistering pace and skill, the unpredictable wide-man is a real threat in the final third. However, with just one goal to his name this term, he is yet to hit top form. 

  TeamMins per GoalKey Passes/ AppPassing Accuracy (%)Total DribblesDribble Success (%)AppearancesMins Played
Yannick Bolasie Crystal Palace 900 0.91 69 63 27.78 11 900

He has attempted 63 dribbles this term, completing just 20 - a 28% success rate. Furthermore, he has created just nine chances; that's less than one key pass per appearance. 

A key player for the Eagles, the Selhurst Park faithful will be hoping for an end to Bolasie's inconsistent performances, with the aim of gradually climbing the Premier League table. 

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